Cecilia Cheung is many things. The actress-singer - who was discovered by Hong Kong director-actor Stephen Chow who gave her a breakthrough role in King of Comedy (1999) - is talented, gorgeous, feisty and vocal. She has also shown herself to be kind and compassionate to the elderly, kids, animals and her fans. Unfortunately, Cecilia has also landed herself in hot soup a couple of times, and has been the subject of front page news on several occasions, and not for great things. Since it's her 39th birthday on May 24, we thought to celebrate this multi-faceted and complicated, but still well-loved, Hong Kong starlet by sharing some tidbits of her life so far. 1. SHE'S A NATURAL BEAUTY Cecilia, who entered showbiz at the age of 18, already showed signs of great potential at the age of 12. She recently posted a throwback photo of herself at 12-years-old, looking like a fresh-faced angel, to celebrate her eldest son Lucas's 12th birthday. Look at that hair! Even now at the age of 38, she … [Read more...] about 8 things you need to know about Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung
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Past the lush green mountains where the concrete roads snake through the hinterlands, past what seems like never-ending rice fields, lies the concrete jungle of Mine Lar city, popularly known as Mong La. The city in eastern Shan State bustles with tourists, mostly Chinese from Yunnan province, which borders Mine Lar. The metropolis of a few thousand people can easily compete with the economic capital of Yangon in terms of modern buildings and other amenities. Along city streets where vendors sell different wares and one finds workers of all stripes and colours, there are also tables where people play mahjong. There are construction sites everywhere, and casinos and gambling houses as well – the lifeline of Mine Lar’s economy. Mention Mine Lar to a local or a tourist and one will either get a frown or a knowing wink. It is the sin city of Myanmar, the “Las Vegas” of the country, where gambling, sex and drugs and illegal wildlife trade … [Read more...] about In jungles of Myanmar, sin city looks to a better future
By Caitlin Kenny The Kit Tues., May 14, 2019 Ever find yourself dreaming of a side hustle? Or maybe you’re already grinding it out for your fledgling company. Starting your own business promises a fun, exciting career — but getting there isn’t easy, a truth known well by Canada’s top female founders. Here, the minds behind Mejuri, Nudestix, Moroccanoil, Therma Kota and Michi share their best advice on how to be an entrepreneur in the fashion and beauty industry. Mejuri co-founder Noura Sakkijha The backstory: It was natural for Jordan-born Noura Sakkijha to get into the fine jewelry game, with her parents and grandparents already in the biz. But that’s where she split with the traditional: She set her sights on shaking up the industry. “Usually, jewelry brands talk to men buying for women; collections are barely refreshed throughout the year; and there is this huge assumption that jewelry is a purchase that requires an … [Read more...] about Want to start your own biz? These founders have advice
By Gail Rosenblum Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Mon., May 13, 2019 To give or not to give? That’s the question many of us struggle with as we see a person holding a cardboard sign at freeway exits or along busy pedestrian malls. What if the person buys drugs or alcohol with it instead of food? Is that even a fair question? We asked three Twin Cities region advocates for ending homelessness to guide us when faced with a person who asks for money in public. They are Cathy ten Broeke (CtB), state director of the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness, Robert Lilligren (RL), executive director of Minneapolis’ Native American Community Development Institute, and Jonelle Glubke (JG), program director with the Veterans Association Homeless Programs. Their interview was edited for length and clarity. Q: People with cardboard signs asking for money are often called panhandlers or beggars. Is there a term you prefer? RL: We haven’t used panhandling or … [Read more...] about Should you give money to homeless people on the street?
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’